You can see everything I have on the Marlins in 2016-17 here –> ARNOLD
Win/loss record: 22-10 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Marlins’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: While I have all results from everything on Arnold’s schedule per their submissions to me and per Trackwrestling (with the exception of the Camden County Callout on the third Saturday in January), there are substantial disconnects between the records I have and the records reported at districts, disconnects that aren’t explained by the Camden missing results. I have shown the records as reported in the attached PDF, counting back from the post-season to Camden. That all being said, Arnold continued to rule the 1A Gulfside roost in 2016-17. The Merlins jumped out to a 9-0 start in dual meets, with wins in 12 of 13 duals and a runnerup showing at the 2016 Beast of the Beach two-day event hosted by Ft Walton Beach. After a solid start at Deep South Bayou Duals, some tough southern competition region wide led to five dual losses in a row, but Arnold responded with a nine-match dual win streak that included a Bay County Conference title and fourth-place showing at the Gulf Coast Slam. In IBT/roundrobin formats, the Marlins had a solid eighth at the Border Wars, seventh at Capital City, third at Lincoln’s Trojan Invitational and sixth at Clay’s Rotary event. Arnold also posted a solid fourth-place finish at Region 1 and finished in the top five at 1A states once again this year. The Marlins will have nine post-season starters back in 2017-18, including three returning state qualifiers and three former medalists.
2016-17 MVP: Senior 138 Richie McClanahan followed up his signing with Penn State on a mission this past year. Although records for districts indicated otherwise, his only regular-season loss came by injury-default in the round of 16 at Capital City Classic. Otherwise, his record was perfect up to the final day of the season, with a 9-0 record at Beast, 8-0 at Deep South, and IBT titles at Lincoln and Clay, with every victory in the regular season except for three earning the Marlins at least one bonus point (including 29 pins in all non-Camden results). McClanahan rolled up three first-period falls to take the District 1 title, his fourth, and added a third Region 1 title behind four bonus-point wins. At states, his bid for a second 1A state title was derailed by a one-point loss in the semis, but he rallied for third by outscoring his opponents by a 29-5 count. While we don’t know what kind of career he’ll have at Penn State, he’s going to be in the room where it happens, and it will be fun to find out.
2017-18 captain: Two years ago, the transfer of the Pickren brothers helped give the Marlins a shot in the arm. This past season, the Maddox brothers made it a double-boost. Junior 170 Cole Maddox, in particular, made a massive impact upon the state scene at his weight class, advancing the furthest among Arnold returning wrestlers this past season. Coming over from Marianna, Maddox was fifth at Border Wars and third at Capital City, but then won 18 straight matches in December, not losing again until Deep South. Maddox was locked in after the Trojan Invitational, however, winning all but one match down the homestretch of the regular season (with only a 2A state finalist beating him, and in double overtime at that). Maddox pinned his way through both District 1 and Region 1 in sweeping to titles for both, and got an opportunity to take down a multiple-time former state placer from Lake Highland on Saturday night in Kissimmee. From a workrate standpoint, Maddox’s productivity is tough to match and a model for some of the less-experienced Arnold kids this year.
Heaton’s Hero: It’s not often that a 30-match winner and history-maker gets noted here, but as we’ll soon see, Julia Merrill was no ordinary Marlin senior wrestler. Merrill had some struggles at 113 for Border Wars and Capital City (I’ll chalk those up more to the competition she faced rather than the higher weight class), but started to figure some things out by Beast of the Beach, where she had five pins. Deep South, again due to the competitive level, was a tough two days, as was the Trojan Invitational, but she made her mark at Bay County, becoming the first female wrestler to win a title in the history of that event. Competing at 106 there, Merrill was 5-0 with three first-period falls during the event. She also won three matches at girls’ state two weeks later, losing only to eventual region qualifiers along the way. A loss by injury-default at District 1 ended her season, but her place in program history was secure. For that, Julia Merrill is the Heaton’s Hero for Arnold.
Projected returning starters for 2017-18 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Griffin Hebert (junior, 113, district champ, 2-2 at regions); Justin Ivy (sophomore, 120, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Ethan Pickren (junior, 126, district champ, region runnerup, 1 match from state medal); Jonathan Lozada (senior, 145, district champ, 2-2 at regions); Drew St. Amant (senior, 152, district champ, region champ, state 5th); John Maddox (sophomore, 160, 1 match from regions); C. Maddox (senior, 170, district champ, region champ, state runnerup); Jared Froehlich (senior, 182, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Veryl White (senior, 220, district champ, 1-2 at regions). Also: Tanner Brockman (junior, 106, did not compete in post-season); Bradley Chapman (junior, 138, did not compete in post-season); Josh Young (sophomore, 195, did not compete in post-season).